|218 429 propels the 10:06 Fussen - Munich through farmland at Weizern-Hopferau. 23/11/2018|
Thursday 22nd November:
|218 401 leads 218 404 at Memmingen with a EuroCity. Note the unfinished|
catenerary equipment which has appeared on this route. 22/11/2018
|In a view not dissimilar to my first trip to Munich in 2015, peak hour departures wait to leave Munich Hbf with 218 420 ready to work the 16:52 Munich- Kempton while a class 111 electric waits its next duty. 22/11/2018|
|218 415 approaches Kaufbeuren in glorious |
sunshine with a Fussen service. 22/11/2018
|120 114 has brought in stock for the NightJet to Rome. 22/11/2018|
The next 50 minute fester was and Munich and not quite so bad, at least netting some photos including 120 114 bringing in NightJet 295 to Rome.
I still had one chance left for a winning loco, the 19:52 to Fussen where we were staying. Alas it was not to be- 218 415 not being remotely required. Possibly my first day of foreign trains without a winning loco...?
Friday 23rd November:
It was a dash after breakfast to get to Fussen station for the 08:06 Munich which we would take out for some photos on the branch. The weather forecast had been mixed but the day had dawned perfectly crisp and clear. Less helpfully our chosen train had produced a DMU! At least it wasn't one we would be photographing this morning, but did mean only two 218's would now be working on the branch.
|218 446 is nearing journey's end with the 09:52 Munich - Fussen 23/11/2018|
|218 446 heads north now through the Bavarian countryside with the 12:06 Fussen - Munich. 23/11/2018|
By Biessenhofen the weather was very much cloudy, but the opportunity was still taken to photograph a few more trains here including 218 435 on the Oberstdorf IC and a couple of 223's on ALEX services. We never did work out why some were top and tailed.
|223 063 speeds north at Bissenhoffen on a Lindau - Munich Alex. 23/11/2018|
|218 463 waits departure with the Fridays only |
18:05 Munich - Muhldorf 23/11/2018
Saturday 24th November:
|114 028 terminates at Bietigheim-Bissigen in a patch of sunshine. 24/11/2018|
|At the extremities of Ulm station 218 487 arrives ready to|
work the next RE service to Aalen. 24/11/2018
At Aalen we should have dropped nicely on onto a 120 to Stuttgart, however interloper 101 047 turned up instead, the only circuit on the Nuremburg - Karlsruhe not to produce a 120! Ah well!
|111 137 catches a patch of sunlight at Bad Canstatt. 24/11/2018|
|101 047 at Aallen on what should be a 120 turn! 24/11/2018|
|111 087 terminates its train at Neu-Ulm. 24/11/2018|
There was just time for another quick spin with the 111's picking up another winner in 111 137 before it was time to think about getting back to Munich. None of the options were ideal, the stopper to Ulm producing a 146 rather than the hoped for 111 and the IC option producing a 101 rather than the 120 we had hoped for. Either way the IC seemed the least painful option and 101 028 was taken to Aalen before 218 487 took us on the vice back to Ulm. Just time for a quick desperate spin to Neu-Ulm with 111 087 before another ICE whisked us back to Munich.
Dinner again was at the Augustiner brauhaus before a dancing establishment was found. It actually turned out to be very good and being less than a 10 minute walk from our hotel it would have been rude not to stay out until 3am!
Sunday 25th November:
|218 411 emerges from the rather unwanted fog at Weizern-Hopferau |
with the 08:40 Munich - Fussen 25/11/2018
|218 429 approaches Weizern-Hopferau with the 09:52 Munich - Fussen. There is no indication here that most of this route was covered in thick fog into which we would soon return! 25/11/2018|
|218 466 waits in the fog at Munich Hbf ready for its trip to Fussen. 25/11/2018|
|The fog having cleared we got the shot we had lined up with 218 411|
heading from Fussen to Augsberg- a 218 turn still existing on this route
on Sundays only. 25/11/2018
|143 358 waits at Nuremburg with an S2 service to Roth. 25/11/2018|
Had we not found a shop with a huge array of Christmas Milka chocolate treats we might have had one more run on the S2 but the chocolate prevented it! A very quick wander into Nuremburg (which was more than we managed in Munich) showed it to be a very nice city. Before too long it was definitely time to jump on the U-bahn to the airport enjoying one of the nice old DT1 sets on the U1 route in the process.
|218 429 winds its way towards the mountains and the terminus of Fussen. 25/11/2018|